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THDA Home Mortgage Loans with Down Payment Assistance

March 1, 2017 THDA begins $15,000 in down payment assistance in 30 counties!

THDA has just released a new Down Payment Assistance program! We want to help you get qualified. Here are some details:

  • Down Payment Assistance in the amount of $15,000 is available in 52 Zip Codes across 30 counties in Tennessee!!
  • The $15,000 is a forgivable 2nd mortgage with 0% interest rate and no monthly payments!
    If you sell, move out, or refinance in 10 years you owe absolutely nothing back!
  • Beginning year 6 the loan amount due is reduced by 20% per year, so in year 8 of your mortgage you would only owe $6,000.
  • This program is incredible and it is paired with the already awesome Great Choice mortgage loan. We love the people at THDA and can’t wait to help you get into a home.

Participating Zip Codes For The Special Program (all zip codes are available for the main Great Choice program, this list is only for the NEW program)

Looking to buy in these zip codes? Get $15,000 to help with your down payment with 0% interest and it forgives after 10 years!

37321 37650 38012 38111 37040 37186 37323 37660 37890 38016 38115 38134 37042 37354 37716 37912 38116 38135 37404 37721 37914 38053 38118 38141 37217 37406  37813 37917 38063 38122 38301 37110 37411 37821 37920 38105 38125 38305 37115  37303 37412 37871 37921 38107 38127 37148 37311 37416 37874 37924 38109 38128 


Have you ever heard of THDA?

This incredible organization is responsible for helping the citizens of Tennessee become home owners, either for the first time or after not owning your primary residence within the last 36 months.

Certain counties in Tennessee WILL WAIVE the 36 month exemption! So even if you own your own home now and are wanting to move, you could qualify for a THDA Mortgage with down payment assistance, that’s 100% Financing!

Conventional Loans typically require a 20% down payment, so if you wanted to buy a $200,000 home then be prepared to write a check for $40,000. No problem, right? That’s where THDA becomes valuable in Making Homes Come True.

Local Counties that waive the 36 month requirement are:

Loudon County, Scott County, Campbell County, Claiborne County, Hancock County, Hawkins County, Johnson County, Union County, Grainger County, Green County, Unicoi County, Morgan County, Jefferson County, Cocke County, Van Burren County, Bledsoe County, Rhea County , Meigs County, Monroe County, Sequatchie County, Marion County, and Polk County.

So what if I want to buy a home in Knox County, Anderson County, Sevier County, Blount County, or any other county in Tennessee?

If the county is NOT on the “Current Targeted Areas” list that waives the 36 month requirement you can STILL use THDA with down payment assistance. The requirement that you have to meet is that you can not, in the last 36 months, owned your primary residence.

An example: you owned a home five years ago, but have not owned your primary residence in the last three years, you are still considered a First Time Home Buyer and are eligible for THDA!

Veteran Exemption

The other way you can qualify for a THDA loan within the 36 month window is through the Veteran Exemption. Veterans, defined in 38 U.S.C. Section 101, and their spouses and have not previously used this THDA benefit.

If you clicked that link then you saw it was a 14 page, double rowed PDF in small print with a whole bunch of confusing language. THDA gives this short summary.

Generally [this] includes anyone who (a) who has served in the military and has been released under conditions other than dishonorable or (b) who has re-enlisted, but could have been discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable.

Other Requirements

As a general rule of thumb, most requirements are very similar to the FHA program. THDA offers additional state money on top of the federal program to cover up to 4% of the down payment and closing costs, which FHA loans require.

Contact Us or give us a call at 865-936-9100.

No cost or obligation, we would be thrilled to talk to you about the benefits this program offer.

Peoples Home Equity
8351 East Walker Springs Lane
Suite 200
Knoxville, TN 37923
Phone: 865.936.9100
Fax: 877.235.3633


Completed transaction in December 2018 in Knoxville, TN.
From my initial contact (which was by accident) to my day of closing,I felt as if I was their only client. I thought I called another mortgage company but was so happy that I ended up working with Marissa (and everyone else). I received above and beyond customer service which always included detailed information regarding current or upcoming paperwork or tasks. Every person that I came in contact with was pleasant and happy to help with anything I needed. I will happily refer everyone I know ❤️
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